About this Program

This master’s program in secondary education (grades 6-12) with initial licensure is designed for individuals with a non-teaching B.S. or B.A. degree who want to obtain licensure as a teacher in grades 6 through 12 and earn a master’s degree at the same time.

Program Highlights

  • 100% online (synchronous and asynchronous), hybrid formats or face-to-face

  • 37 credit hour minimum

  • Affordable tuition

  • Estimated completion: 4 semesters

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Master of Science in Education
Delivery Modes


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

$61,040 Median Salary

Teach students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable laws and regulations.

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

$62,860 Median Salary

Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.


What are the requirements to apply for Secondary Education with Initial Licensure at ODU?
Students entering the Master of Science in Education program in Secondary Education with Initial Licensure should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.

An application for graduate studies and official transcripts must be submitted by the appropriate deadline for admission. Under certain circumstances, applicants who do not fully meet the requirements for regular admission to the program may be admitted on a provisional basis subject to conditions specified by the graduate program director. Requirements include:

  • Earned bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university 

  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.80 or higher 


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

Ways to Save

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Associate Professor

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